Famine in North Korea: Markets, Aid, and Reform by Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland, with foreword by Amartya Sen [in Bloomsbury Review]
An expansive, statistics-filled look at why 600,000 to a million North Koreans died in the mid-1990s during one of the worst famines of the 20th-century. In spite of so-called government reforms and the push for growing international humanitarian aid, North Korean citizens continue to starve to death, stand-by victims of mismanagement and distribution failures. A haunting, exasperating, sobering look at an ongoing tragedy.
Review: “In Celebration of Asian Pacific American Month: New & Notable Books,” The Bloomsbury Review, May/June 2007